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Mancini adds Chelsea keeper to short list of Handanovic replacements

If Samir Handanovic leaves Inter at the end of the current campaign, Mancini would possibly like to see Chelsea's Petr Cech between the sticks for Inter next season.

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Samir Handanovic has not yet signed a new contract with Inter, which means that the farther Inter tumble down the Serie A table this season, the more likely their star keeper is to search out greener pastures come season's end.

So, being a prudent (we'll go with prudent) manager, Roberto Mancini is actively seeking out other players who may take up residence between the posts next season if Handa is not available. Chelsea's Petr Cech is the latest name to be linked with Inter Milan, according to talkSPORT.

Cech is a legendary keeper, and is still in good form. But Chelsea's new golden boy is stretch-armstrong wunderkind Thibaut Courtois, a Belgian international who already has an incredible résumé and is 10 years Cech's junior. Due to Courtois' incredible talent and his greater potential upside, it's no surprise that Chelsea are willing to let their old hero go.

It seems that a move to another league would be the simplest for Cech, as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho doesn't seem keen to hold on to him, and would prefer that Cech doesn't end up on a rival English side. The 32-year-old could do well for Inter in Serie A, and this is not a move that I would hate, personally.

The Nerazzurri have also been reported to be monitoring Bayern's Pepe Reina (who has only 1 cap so far this season) and Genoa's Mattia Perin as potential Handanovic replacements. Time will tell whether Inter will need to buy one of these keepers come June, or if this is all just speculation and Handa actually wants to stay with Inter and see what next season holds for both him and the club before committing to a long-term contract renewal.